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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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W. J. Wood was born November 18, 1853, in Putnam County, Mo., where he was reared and educated, and still lives. His education was received at the common schools of the county, and since he has been old enough to make himself useful around his father’s farm he has been engaged in the fulfillment of the duties of a farmer’s life. He inherited a little property, to which he has added from time to time until he now owns 980 acres of nicely improved land, well stocked with cattle and horses. December 20, 1883, he was married to Miss Jennie E. Yoakem, a native of Mercer County, Mo., and daughter of Cread and Rebecca Ellen (Morris) Yoakem, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively. Mr. Yoakem came with his parents to Mercer County, Mo., when about ten years old, and Mrs. Yoalsem came to the same place with her parents when quite small. She died in 1872, and Mr. Yoakem afterward married Miss Mary L. Williams. Two children were born to the first marriage and one to the last. When seventeen years of age he enlisted in the war, and after serving three years was discharged from the hospital at Springfield, Mo., on account of sickness. He began life a poor man, but succeeded in accumulating some little property only, however, to lose it later. He was a son of James R. and Huldah (Kirkendall) Yoakem, natives of Virginia, who moved to Mercer County, Mo. Mr. Yoakem died at the age of fifty-five, but his widow is still living and is the wife of Elijah Holmes. Mrs. Rebecca E. Yoakem was a daughter of Joshua and Currant Happy (Arbuckle) Morris. To Mr. and Mrs. Wood two children have been born: Pearl and Bertha. Mr. Wood is a Democrat in politics, and is the third child of seven born to Joseph and Elizabeth (Johnson) Wood.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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